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Lavender Farm Family Photo Shoot

Lavender Farm Family Photo Shoot

Hi hi! These images are a few months old by now, but I wanted to share them anyway! We spent our morning on Father’s Day frolicing around at Carousel Lavender Farm, and Emily Wren was kind enough to chase after us with her camera. Emily and I have been working together on a bunch of design projects through the summer. I redesigned all of the print materials she gives out to clients and helped her design a new website too, so I already knew that our aesthetic styles were in sync. When she suggested a lavender farm for our family shoot, she got an enthusiastic YES!

We were there pretty early in the morning at the very start of the blooming season, so we had the place to ourselves! It’s a pretty enchanting place, you almost feel like you’ve made a wrong (or very right) turn and found yourself in Southern France. By the end of our shoot, Eva and Emily had agreed to start saving their pennies so that we could buy the farm. If you’re in the Philadelphia Area, I suggest a visit next summer!

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Our sweet family vacation on chincoteague island, VA

Chincoteague Island, VA

Last week we took advantage of the three day weekend, and went on vacation! We knew this would be the last getaway as a family of three, and wanted to do something that would be fun for all of us. We decided on Chincoteague Island, VA. This Island’s main claim to fame would have to be the wild ponies, but it has a lot of other things going for it! It’s just 3.5 hours from Philadelphia and offers quite a variety of outdoorsy activities; kayaking, crabbing, fishing, biking, boating, and ice cream eating just to name a few. We had a really lovely time! You’ll find a lot more photographic evidence after the jump!

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Finally back in the garden, with Rodales!

earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales Happy Earth Day, my friends! I am so delighted that the weather has finally warmed up enough to enjoy my garden! It is my absolute favorite place. It’s where I go when I’m feeling stressed, or just have a few minutes of free time. The garden is part of my home that my whole family enjoys immensely, and I’m so grateful to have.

earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales Rodales recently sent me some goodies to use in the garden, and I’ve been eagerly anticipating the opportunity to use them. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Rodales, it’s the relatively new e-commerce site from the publishing giant, Rodale. They sell products for the whole family, home, and garden with an emphasis on quality and concern for the environment. As a total garden geek, that’s the section of their site that I’m particularly drawn to at the moment.

earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales This past weekend, Sean, Eva and I got serious about some garden planting. When I say serious, consider what that means for a four year old…lots of giggling, excitement, and barefoot dancing in the fresh-cut grass. Eva just about burst with excitement when we opened up her very own secret garden kit, and she discovered that it came with a key! Super exciting! We planted all the seeds and are expecting a nice variety of flowers for her own little corner of the garden.

earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales The thing I was most excited about has to be the milkweed seeds! Milkweed is just as described, a weed, but a very important weed! Milkweed sap contains a mild poison and tastes bitter, so most animals leave it alone. Monarch butterflies aren’t affected by the poison and for this reason, they actually seek out the plant to lay their eggs. The larvae eat the milkweed plant, and then form their chrysalises on them. When they emerge as the beautiful butterflies we know and love, their bodies are toxic to predators from all the milkweed consumption. So, if you care about monarch butterflies, the best thing you can do is plant some milkweed! The beautifully packaged kit from Rodale’s actually contains 4 packets of seeds. If you want one, mention it in the comments below! I’ll send them out to the first three people, and contact you privately for your address. Unfortunately, I’m going to limit my offer to the US only as policies about international seeds vary from country to country. I think earth day seems like an appropriate day to do our part in a little butterfly saving!

earth day garden, earth day, back in the garden, rodales Here’s one last outtake of the quickly growing belly bump. Several of you have asked, and I didn’t want to disappoint!  I hope you enjoy the rest of the week and are able to spend some time outside appreciating nature!

This post was written in partnership with Rodales in exchange for product. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep this blog going!

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more photo fun at Bartram’s gardens

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Eva’s portrait two weeks ago was taken at Bartram’s Gardens. I actually went pretty photo crazy that day, so I’m sharing a few more. The light was so perfect, and I just love photographing pretty plant life with a shallow depth of field. I adore how each year, everything seems to burst into life all at once. Bartram’s is sucha  great place to find that natural beauty I cravein addition to the memories of a very happy wedding day. Pennsylvania in summertime makes me oh so happy. More after the jump…

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friday flower mandalas by windsome hollow

flower mandalas by windsome hollow on blog.cleanlinestudio.com flower mandalas by windsome hollow on blog.cleanlinestudio.com flower mandalas by windsome hollow on blog.cleanlinestudio.com TGIF! This week felt especially long to me, as a post-vacation week so often does. The most exciting thing is happening though! When I left Philadelphia last week, it was definitely still winter. When I returned on Monday, SPRING was in the air! We’ve spent a lot of time outside this week, and observed many examples of nature coming back to life.

I’m tempted to grab a few spring blooms, and try my hand at creating flower mandalas like these by Katy of windsome hollow. I love how these are arranged in a mostly symmetrical way, but they don’t feel fussed over or neurotically perfect. It’s so interesting to see all the parts of a flower arranged two dimensionally, like pieces of a puzzle. Have a beautiful weekend, my friends!

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starn brothers’ snow crystals

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I discovered these gorgeous snowflake images while doing some last minute christmas shopping at 20 x 200. If you aren’t familiar with this site, it’s a great place to find affordable art, framed or unframed.

This series that caught my eye is by identical twin brothers, Mike and Doug Starn. They are most interested in capturing a snowflake’s transformation, the “process of alteration from solid to liquid, from organized form in space to aqueous blob on a surface.”

I think they’re pretty amazing in all their imperfection, and just about the perfect imagery to end this pre-holiday week. Have a lovely weekend!

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starn brothers' snow crystals

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I discovered these gorgeous snowflake images while doing some last minute christmas shopping at 20 x 200. If you aren’t familiar with this site, it’s a great place to find affordable art, framed or unframed.

This series that caught my eye is by identical twin brothers, Mike and Doug Starn. They are most interested in capturing a snowflake’s transformation, the “process of alteration from solid to liquid, from organized form in space to aqueous blob on a surface.”

I think they’re pretty amazing in all their imperfection, and just about the perfect imagery to end this pre-holiday week. Have a lovely weekend!

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inspired by nature: luminescent cool tones

inspired by nature from blog.cleanlinestudio.com This week’s inspired by nature post relates jellyfish to the ancient art of raku pottery. I think this one is particularly cool, because in this comparison both images are really derived from nature. The jellyfish image is actually an illustration, it’s original source lost in the depths of tumblr. Bioluminescence is what causes jellyfish to give off that bright, glowing color. The light that they give off is thanks to tiny organs called photophores. It’s estimated that about 90% of deep sea creatures have this gift in some form or another.
I think this raku pottery piece mimics bioluminescence quite nicely. The process involves firing your pottery at a relatively low temperature, and then transferring it to a much hotter climate later in the process. It’s done slowly, but the brilliant colors are created from this method alone (no additional glazes added). Read more about it here.

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inspired by nature: icy blue hues

icy blue hues from blog.cleanlinestudio.com Hey there. I’ve kinda been dropping the ball on my Thursday inspired by nature posts, and I wanted to pick it back up this week with some icy blue inspiration. I love the delicate look of that headpiece, it seems to be just dripping from the model Meagan Callen’s lovely brow. This image was shot for Flare Magazine by Chris Nicholls, isn’t it just a dead ringer for the icy crystals on the left?

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a summer camping supplies round-up

let's go camping from blog.cleanlinestudio.com I hope you had a lovely 4th of July, I know I did. We started the day off by walking through Old City (just past the Liberty Bell and Constitution Hall) to see the parade. This was a huge hit with my daughter last year, and she felts pretty good about it this time around too. We spent the afternoon lazing about and napping, and had a late dinner on the grill. After E went to bed, Sean and I climbed up on the roof and watched the Art Museum fireworks. It was super refreshing to have a mid-day break and time with my favorite dude.

Some of my most favorite 4th of July experiences have been camping, so that’s naturally where my mind turns when Independence Day rolls around. It’s something we haven’t done since Eva was born, but I think that’s all about to change this summer. I’m loving all these fun ourdoorsy lady products. Don’t they put you in the mood for a camping trip? Have a great great holiday weekend!

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